Autism Awareness for First Responders is a four-hour course which provides public safety workers with information and guidelines for communicating with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in emergency situations. For individuals with autism, learning to interact with first responders is critical. On the other hand, it is just as essential for first responders to understand autism and be prepared to respond effectively and safely to situations involving individuals on the spectrum.
The course is offered through the Alabama Fire College and a certificate of completion will be awarded. No pre-requisites required, and the course is free.
It is designed for Telecommunicators, Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel.
Course instructor Adam Byrd
Adam is a Training Lieutenant and Paramedic with Daphne Fire Department and a part –time Telecommunicator with Baldwin County 9-1-1.
There will be 2 four hour classes per day. Class size is limited to thirty people per class. So hurry and register.
Tammy Campbell has worked for Baldwin County 9-1-1 for 12 years. She started as a Telecommunicator I in 2001 and climbed the ladder to the position of Dispatch Coordinator.
She began her public safety career at a very early age, taking an EMT class in her late teens and working on the ambulance service owned by her father serving the Central Baldwin area. Tammy is a licensed EMT and has been a volunteer firefighter.
Her job duties include managing the dispatch function of Baldwin County 9-1-1, scheduling employees, and acting as the head supervisor over dispatch operations. She is also actively involved in the selection process for dispatch employees and participates in their training.